It should be said that Kupp is the favorite for this award as it stands, far out from when the actual season starts. That number comes with good reason though, as Kupp is poised to be even stronger in year two with Matt Stafford at the helm in this Los Angeles offense that can put up astounding numbers. Head Coach Sean McVay's offense is known as one of the most dynamic and explosive in football, and with another year of seasoning between quarterback and receiver, we could be in for an incredible ride when all is said and done next year. It wouldn't be shocking at all to see him eclipse his personal records of yards and receptions during the 2022-23 season, and if he is able to do that, he would potentially be a lock for this award.
Kupp finished the NFL's first 17-game season with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He led the NFL in all three categories last year, and came dangerously close to breaking the single-season NFL record for receptions (Michael Thomas, 149) and receiving yards (Calvin Johnson, 1,964). Is it too much of a stretch to think he can't do that again with more time working with Stafford? Obviously this is a square bet, but 8/1 could be a valuable number at the end of next season.
I really find it hard to believe that Rodgers has tumbled all the way down to 25/1 to win Offensive Player of the Year. Yes, he lost Devante Adams. No, he can't get past the NFC Championship. But seriously, we are talking about one of the most gifted offensive performers we have seen in a generation. Rodgers has been a contender for OPOY almost every year he has been in the NFL. He's no stranger to this award, and he's won MVP's before playing with the same lack of talent he has on his team now. A great quarterback can make any random wide receiver look good. You don't have to look far for examples: Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb. These guys aren't as great if they play anywhere else, and Cobb even proved that for himself.
Let's see, Rodgers still is playing in a division that will most likely be one of the worst in the NFL, and he is almost a lock to win the NFC North yet again. The NFC as a whole is far worse than the AFC, so it wouldn't be at all shocking if Green Bay made some noise again. Rodgers gets the Bears, Lions and Vikings defenses twice per year. That is great news with the state that all three are currently in. He should be able to light all of them up for big numbers, so that's six games right there that he could potentially have major games.
I had to add my guy Justin in here because I still feel like he has all the traits and skills necessary to have a huge offensive season, it's just a matter of coaching and the talent around him helping him out. Fields was awful last year during his rookie campaign, but I'm willing to forgive that under the premise it was under former head coach Matt Nagy, who was one of the worst offensive minds I have ever seen coaching football. Here's an example of that: During a game last season against the Minnesota Vikings at home, Chicago had the ball inside the red zone. Nagy decided for some inexplicable reason to run a four verticals concept, which is designed as a Hail Mary where the receivers just run straight down the field. I have no idea what he was possibly thinking with that, and it is truly refreshing to know that he is at least gone. That could be a huge advantage in the advancement of Fields' growth.
We saw flashes last season of the ultra-talented QB out of Ohio State who could run around and make plays with his legs and arm, but it didn't show up nearly enough. Now under the guise of what could possibly be a competent offensive coordinator in Luke Getsy, he is poised to breakout. Wideout Darnell Moody is a speedster that can take the top off a defense, while running back David Montgomery has quietly been one of the more reliable backs in the league over the past several years, even in a Nagy pass-first system. The offensive line got a bunch of new faces recently, which it desperately needed, but hopefully Getsy is smart enough to have Fields roll out of the pocket.
At an 80/1 longshot, I'm willing to take that bet in an improved Fields and offense post-Nagy.